Ornamental Invasive Species
Ornamental invasive species are those that are currently sold (or were at some point sold by garden professionals). Examples include, Japanese barberry, baby's breath, and blue lyme grass. Nurseries and landscapers participating in Go Beyond Beauty have committed not to sell high-priority invasive plants. These include plants on our region’s Top 12 list, as well as early detection species (the first two pages of plants on the document Invasive Ornamental Plants of Northwest Michigan - see below. The additional pages are plants Go Beyond Beauty participants can agree to not use if they desire to go "above and beyond" within the program).
Though both plants are on ISN’s early detection lists, participants may continue to sell water lettuce and water hyacinth by posting this sign in a highly visible location next to both species. We’d like to see all nurseries and landscapers in our region (and beyond!) adopt a policy not to sell plants that pose risk to natural areas.